You Won’t Believe It

1753Well, I’ve reached the end of December in the first season of the Eibar save, so it’s time to update you on how we’re doing. This save has certainly been interesting so far.

First off, there’s something I forgot to mention in the last update, and that’s transfers (my mistake for getting caught up talking about the 4-5-1-0). I initially tried to ditch some of the strikers, but none of them either wanted to leave, or were wanted by other clubs, so for now, they’ve been retrained as temporary backups, and will be moved on at the end of the season. Obviously, we’re playing a bunch of midfielders in the 4-5-1-0, and we needed a bit more quality in the CM-D role, so I signed Aitor Monroy from Cluj in Romania for a fee of 60k, an absolutely tiny fee for a very versatile player, who has everything I need in the CM-D role. He tackles well, passes well, and has the ‘plays short simple passes’ and ‘marks tightly’ PPMs. On top of that, he’s decent going forward so towards the end of the game, I’ll usually sub either the CM-A or the BBM off, move Monroy to one of those roles and bring on a more defensive CM-D to make sure we close the game out. I was given a budget of £2M, but that’s all I’ve spent, preferring to analyse the squad in the first season and then make decisions regarding signings.

Tactically, we’re still using the 4-5-1-0 (as I will throughout most of this save, as I want to see how far I can take it and how flexible it is as our reputation grows) with no further tweaks from the previous update. I’m at the point now where I’m very happy with the tactic, and I will link a download of this tactic at the end of this post, along with a little bit of analysis about what makes it work.

So, how are we doing in La Liga?

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Eibar – The Strikerless Revolution

1753Apologies for the lack of writing from me over the last couple of weeks. I’ve had a couple of deadlines at Uni that have forced me to prioritise my time, and as a result, Football Manager has remained unplayed (largely because if I had kept playing, there’s no way the essays would have been finished), but now normal service will resume and I’m back writing, with a new save to boot.

Well, it isn’t actually a new save really. I’ve been debating writing about this save with Eibar for some time, as this was the save I started so that I could develop the Strikerless 4-5-1-0 formation I wrote about previously. Furthermore, my friend @MerryGuido has also written a fantastic tactical review on the 4-5-1-0, analysing its strengths and weaknesses, and I’d highly encourage you to go read it on his Strikerless blog here. Guido is something of an expert when it comes to Strikerless formations, and his analysis has helped me improve the 4-5-1-0 beyond the level it was at when I wrote about it last month.

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